These pads are different from the Premier Pros because the extra pad emphasis is around the arms and shoulders, as opposed to the chest. Which isn't to say that you won’t have full protection, it just means that these are pads made for more aggressive goaltenders that take a lot of arm and shoulder abuse. The shoulders and elbows are made with the exact same kind of molding used in the NHL, which will help you square up perfectly to the shooter, as well as keep you protected from nearly anything.
The first thing goaltenders will notice about these pads is that they’re a little heavier around the center of the back; but it’s that way for a reason. Aside from protection, CCM made balance the top priority. So it’s made to stop you from tipping over and falling out of position when players are crashing the crease. They’re also incredibly flexible, so when you find yourself twisting and turning, it’ll be easy to bounce right back into position and get squared up again. CCM is also very proud of the arm protection, particularly the elbow, which is made to disperse impact and last longer than other top brands.
These pads are a little bulkier than most, but that won’t stop you from moving freely. There’s a lot of extra elbow and shoulder protection, but it still feels rather light and gives your arms almost full range of motion. Vaughn also has upgraded the ventilation system to compliment the thicker arm pads, so you’ll stay cool and won’t feel the pads slip around during a game. The elbow pads are also fully adjustable to help you keep them as snug or loose as you’d like.
If you’re looking for an all around great set of pads that will last a long time, give you full protection, and mesh with any goaltending style, look no further. These pads can be customized to your liking with adjustable arm length, removable pads behind the shoulder, and removable abdominal protection. The inner liner can also be removed to minimize moisture damage and help them last long. The pads themselves are made to help you square up perfectly with a shooter, and are pleasantly light, but will still stay heavy enough not to ride up and come out of place over the course of a game.
Vaughn VP 7800 Velocity 5 Chest & Arm Protector
The 7800 is made to protect you, while working with the other pads to feel comfortable without leaving any parts of your body uncovered. The arms are made to give room for the blocker and catcher, and abdominal region is incredibly flexible, so it won't rub uncomfortably against your pants. It also features lower chest extensions that can be adjusted to fit against you just as snug or loose as you like. The icing on the cake is that it's made from the same protective equipment that the military uses, so you know it'll last the entire season, and then some.